Claude King dies but his music lives on. Claude King was one of the original members of the Louisiana Hayride, where Elvis Presley got his start. Claude King's big hit was 'Wolverton Mountain.'
Country singer-songwriter Claude King, an original member of the Louisiana Hayride who was best known for the 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain," has died. He was 90. He had just celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary last month.
King was one of the original members of the Louisiana Hayride, the Saturday night show where Elvis Presley got his start and Hank Williams Sr. frequently performed. The show transformed country and western music from 1948 to 1960 — the Hayride's heyday — with music genres including hillbilly, western swing, jazz, blues and gospel. Duane King recalls meeting Presley and Hank Williams Sr. backstage with his dad at the Hayride.